“This was an important win for us,” coach Peter DeBoer said. “Obviously we got a tough schedule coming up. We go on the road and some tough buildings. It was important we got the win tonight. We did enough to get the win. It wasn’t a textbook game, but we did a lot of good stuff.”
Henrik Zetterberg, Trevor Daley and Gustav Nyquist scored for the Red Wings, who matched their longest losing streak of the season. Jimmy Howard stopped 29 shots.
“We have to limit our mistakes,” Howard said. “If we’re going to be successful out there we can’t make the mistakes that we do because they kill us.”
“Everybody tries to be the best they can be by playoff time and that will be our goal, too,” Popovich said. “(We want) to be in the playoffs and to be as good as we can possibly be no matter what the circumstances are.”
But Houston responded with the next eight points, with the last five from Chris Paul, to make it 99-76 and end Paul’s night with about 8 minutes remaining.
The Canadiens will be looking to improve their special teams. The Blue Jackets scored on two of their three power-play chances and the Montreal penalty killing has slipped to 19th in the league.
“For us, when you’re struggling on special teams, the best thing to do is not to overcomplicate it,” Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher, one of the few Canadiens having a good season, told Montrealcanadiens.com. “Just simplify it, understand, do your job, trust that your teammates are going to do their own. At times right now we’re maybe overworking and it’s allowing seams and Cheap Braves Jerseys plays to open up.”
Gallagher scored his 25th of the season, a new career high, against Cheap Custom NFL Jerseys the Blue Jackets. He has four goals and two assists in his past six games.
Darcy Kuemper bounced back nicely for the Arizona Coyotes.